Tommy on Tour - Collecting letters...raising awareness...

Tommy WhitelawThe network had an information stand at the Care Roadshow in Glasgow this week and during the day we met the inspirational Tommy Whitelaw. Tommy's story is one that is all too familiar, he speaks of visiting his Mum, Joan, who has a diagnosis of vascualr dementia. Seeing the distress Joan was experiencing, Tommy decided to have a few weeks off from his work to care for her. Weeks turned into months and Tommy found himself becoming a full time carer, struggling to cope with the helplessness and despair that dementia brought upon not only Joan, but to himself too in seeing what the illness was doing to her and to himself. 

Tommy decided to try to find out if he was caring for her properly, he wanted to know if other people who were caring for loved ones were experiencing the emotions and challenges he was struggling to come to terms with. Tommy on Tour was the plan. He would walk to some of the big sports and music venues he had worked at across Scotland, not to raise any money, just to raise some awareness, but mostly to collect stories. He invited people who were caring for someone with dementia to write letters to him. The results are astounding. Please take 5 minutes to watch the film of Tommy`s tour on his blog as he visits Celtic Park, Ibrox, Firs Park & Hampden Park. Then subscribe to his blog and follow him on Twitter too - @tommyntour